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Suspension idea

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by stucksucksnayota, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. Sep 9, 2010 at 6:04 AM
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    stucksucksnayota

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    So I got to thinking the other day about upgrading my suspension on my truck. I want to achieve two things from doing so, better ride quality and I’d like to be able to run 33” tires. I am on a cheap budget sense I am a full time student and only work part time. So that rules out buying the toytec ultimate lift right now or anything along those lines. So I got to thinking and I have read a lot about guys putting 63” chevy leaf springs under their yotas. With Chevy leafs I think you have to move your front mount forward and that kind of stuff, but then I heard about a few guys running F-150 springs and not having to move anything around at all. So my thought is run some F-150 springs in the rear of my truck ( if they do not lift it enough for 33’s then run an add a leaf also). Up front I would run some OME coil over springs or something similar just depending on the price. And for shocks as bad as I want Billy 5100 probably just some from the local auto parts store. I have not checked prices on all of this yet but I’m thinking I can get all the parts for pretty cheap!

    Now I know this is not the ideal setup but I think it would workout pretty good for for the time being until I can ungrade to something more desirable!
     
  2. Sep 9, 2010 at 9:19 AM
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    yeah ome coils with 5100 in the front is the best you can do on a budget in my book.
     
  3. Sep 9, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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    why add the f-150 springs? you can get an aal for your truck for 75 bucks.

    I did AAL, and 5100's all around for $440 from wheelersoffroad.com

    your prob not gona get much cheaper than that, and you'll fit 33's like that too!
     
  4. Sep 9, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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    Thats what I would like to do but my rear springs are shot! And I didn't think you could or should add an AAL to a leaf spring pack that is flat.
     
  5. Sep 9, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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    I like your mind set , think outside the box a little & who knows what kind of results you get when playing around with diff. concepts & ideas.
    Too many guys here think that unless their susp. or lift mods come from the few big offroad suppliers & fabricators, that any of these mods you do are a fail. I disagree, as long as any alterations don't result in a safety or truck damaging issue I say go for it.

    After all thats how alot of now successful after market fabricators got that way, trial & error or R&D is a friendlier term I guess.

    I have 1st gen. Tundra adjustable 5100's on my truck, the only one on this whole forum it seems & I love'm , but I'm willing to bet if I had made a thread looking for input before I put'em on I would have gotten flamed with the usual " Go to Toytec,AllPro, DownSouth, etc; ) Nothing wrong with those guys just sayin' unconventional thinking can yeild great results IMO....:D
     
  6. Sep 9, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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    mine were pretty flat and the all helped them get some arch back, it got rid of my axle wrap for the most part, and lifted the truck nicely :) I would do it again.
     
  7. Sep 9, 2010 at 1:16 PM
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    Try em out! It might be a new trend. measure them first you may need to change a shackle or upgrade to 5125's or 5150's depending on the arch.

    Good luck!
     
  8. Sep 10, 2010 at 4:14 AM
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    Well what got me thinking about this was that I have a buddy who has a 80 something 4 runner that he sased and put 35's on and he ran the Chevy leafs and they seem to flex really good and it rides really good. I have not measured my leafs or an F-150 leafs yet, but I am going to look into this further and see what I can figure out!
     
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    What size aal did you get? Did the lift from it go down at all with the shell on?
     
  11. Sep 12, 2010 at 10:25 AM
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    forget the add a leafs, been there, done that, they suck

    a quick, cheap fix? Pick up some coils from the junk yard and put them between the axle and frame, using the bump stops to hold it in place.

    I found a 2008 Jeep Cherokee that somehow got split in half...grabbed the springs off it and put them on the truck. I ended up cutting them down until I got the perfect ride height. The performance is WAY better than the add a leaf and after 4 months it still at the same ride hight, the add of leafs flatten out.

    best part is the springs really help rear traction, no bouncing, and excellent load performance.

    I did a half yard of top soil, the rear end only dropped 2" and was cool enough to hit the interstate!

    Here are the pics of the mod
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  12. Sep 12, 2010 at 10:28 AM
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    and on the front went with billie 5100 on the second notch (1" lift), used the original springs, awesome performance!

    I got 3" from the back and 2" on the front, so 1" rake, PERFECT ride, even better with load!
     
  13. Sep 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM
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    thats a pretty good idea lol cheap rear coil conversion... i may be hittin the junk yard soon my unexpectd bro rake is killin me
     
  14. Sep 12, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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    at least zip tie em down or something :laugh:
     
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    haha, I know right

    been meaning to, but on my test drives I hit a couple big speed bumps at 35mph, got the front and back off the ground, they stayed in place! so I never through it necessary

    to get them to fit, I had to use a jack between the frame and leaf, removing the tire and jacking the truck, was about a 1" short of fitting without a spring compressor, so I'm not too worried about them coming out
     
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